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Conquering the Wild being prepared for shipment from NJ to TMM, 1934 (4)

For those who are familiar with our park, they may recognize this statue as Conquering the Wild.  It sits on Monument Hill, just past the Lion’s bridge.  This series of photos shows the statue in 1934 when it was still in New Jersey being prepared for transport to Newport News.

The statue was created in 1930 by Anna Hyatt Huntington, who designed it to be a tribute to Collis Potter Huntington. Collis brought the railroad and shipyard to Newport News, which gave it the resources needed to grow into the city it is now.

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Taming the Wild October 8, 1937

Anna Hyatt Huntington’s statue “Conquering the Wild” at night on October 8, 1937, before the fence was put around it.  The monument is dedicated to Collis Potter Huntington and features a young man taming a horse on top.  Around the sides are four seated men representing Art, Learning, Science and Industry.

This image shows our small craft exhibition in the courtyard in the late 50’s.  For a long time the courtyard was our best area to display boats as it was such a large are.  Now we have the wonderful International Small Craft Center, a large building just for our boats.   Read more

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Aug 14, 1934 Lopez Mezquita, came to the Museum to paint a few portraits, was a member of the Hispanic Society, which AM Huntington founded

Our first picture this month shows artist Lopez Mezquita in August of 1934.  He was a member of the Hispanic Society, which was founded by Archer Milton Huntington, who also founded our museum.  Mezquita was asked to come to the museum to paint portraits of some of the staff, including resident painter Thomas Skinner (a picture of that is to come later).

This next image shows Admiral E.W. Sylvester and a ship’s officer with lifering from USS Wisconsin.  Not sure what exactly is happening in the photo, but it looks as if the guy on the left cracked a joke that the guy on the right didn’t appreciate.  Wisconsin is now resting in Norfolk where people can explore her decks.   Read more